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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
March 16-23, 2019
Sea State: Choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 60-80ft
Avg Wind Speed: 10-15knots
Dive Instructor -Rocke
Sunday March 17, 2019
Dive Sites: Hat Caye Wall & Long Caye Wall
We started our week of diving at Hat Caye Wall on Lighthouse Reef Atoll. A spotted eagle welcomed us into this beautiful wall of gorgonian forest with schools of creole wrasse busily swimming in all directions. We also met a green moray eel just before meeting an amazing yellow sea horse. It was quite a dive to start our Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations.
To continue the day, we moved to Long Caye Wall that was equally as amazing. We encountered several tarpons hanging around the boat and a couple of sharks that were an exciting find along with a couple of turtles. On the night dive, octopuses and squids were amazing to watch.
Monday March 18, 2019,
Dive sites: Angel Fish Wall & Cathedral
With nice light winds, we headed over to Angel Fish Wall. We cruised with some groupers and found some hog fish. We spent quite a wall off the wall and enjoyed the find of a huge and amazing spotted eagle ray that playfully moved from the top of the reef toward the sand bed and then full on show in front of us. We were happy to get some great videos and photos. Again, we were graced with more sharks curiously swimming by.
Later, at Cathedral, schools of parrotfish were a delight to the eyes along with a turtle just cruising along the wall. We were hyped with the find of a huge nurse shark with its head tucked under a coral head and barely hanging on to the edge. It must have had the park brakes on hence it didn’t roll off.
Tuesday March 19, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Chain Wall & Halfmoon Caye Wall
To scratch off a dream site off the bucket list, we went to the Bluehole of Belize. Some divers chose to stay in the shallows and take some video footage, while others explored the drop off and enjoyed the views of the stalactites.
Since the winds were predicted to change, we decided to head toward Chain Wall where we found low viz at first, but after 15 feet it was awesomely clear waters. The resident reef sharks came to greet us right away, along with a loggerhead and a hawksbill turtle. Along the way, we spotted a nice green moray eel moving through the reef and along the edge of the drop off.
To finish the day, we went to Halfmoon Caye Wall where we saw some southern stingray feeding from the sand bed, and a hog fish just chilling out. There was a spotted drum along the way, and an octopus hiding inside a coral head, and then a nice headshield slug. It was at the end, another great day of diving.
Wednesday March 20, 2019
Dive Sites: Shark Point, Lighthouse Wall
On Wednesday, we decided to explore a less explored site called Shark Point. Right away we were greeted by a spotted eagle ray, which made this officially be an eagle ray week. The divers were happy to dive in and examine the nice formations on this side of the reef.
Keeping the search for exciting things on the west side of the reef, we went to Lighthouse Wall. We found a nice interesting crack amid groupers and creole wrasse and a curious barracuda.
Thursday March 21, 2019
Dives Sites: Quebrada & Black Beauty
Since this was an eagle ray week, here came a spotted ray to greet us at Quebrada. We also found more sharks amongst the beautiful scenery of sponges and gorgonians. The overcast weather gave the water this nice mysterious shade of dark blue that made the dive more enjoyable. We found a couple of turtles with one of them following us for a bit. There were also spotted drums, southern stingrays and peacock flounder.
Since we had a repeat guest on his 18th Aggressor adventure, we wanted to make him happy by finding the white spotted toadfish. We headed toward Turneffe Atoll toward a site called Black Beauty which is known for harboring these very elusive fish. We were lucky to find a toadfish within close proximity to the mooring. There was a huge green moray eel before we found more spotted toadfish. We did see some lobsters, spotted moray eel and flamingo tongues. I’m sure Steve was a happy diver as was everyone else.
Friday March 22, 2019
Dive Site: Amber Head South
Ready to explore the western side of Turneffe, we dove in to explore Amber Head South. With amazing visibility, the divers enjoyed the full beauty of the site. Yellow head jawfish, flounders, southern stingrays, graced our visit, and the resident spotted eagle ray was there to bid us farewell from the waters of Belize.
The Belize Aggressor III family wish to thank everyone of our guests that made this charter special. Without you all, this fun week wouldn’t have happened. We sincerely hope you enjoyed just as much as we did. A special and sincere greeting to Steve whom started his Aggressor adventures on the Belize Aggressor III and returned to do his 18th trip again on the Belize Aggressor III.
The Captain and Crew